Influencer marketing when moral lines are blurred

This is a blog post that has been rolling around my mind for some time now, but I’ve never felt comfortable writing it. Not because it’s controversial, but because I keep going over the moral issues and I can’t decide where I stand on them. Influencer marketing – an empowering career Influencer marketing whether as a blogger, YouTuber or Instagrammer is a new and exciting career choice. It empowers people to work when they are unable to leave the house. It gives parents another choice in addition to the usual career v children dilemma. And it brings with it some…

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Thursday photo #202

This has been the first of a few incredibly busy weeks here. Life does seem to be full of contrasts. For months, I can work exclusively from home and speak to nobody. Then I end up with a month or so of travelling quite a bit around the country and being uncharacteristically sociable. The eye patch It had been noted a couple of times at the eye hospital that Libby’s left eye was weaker than the right. This was corrected by her glasses. Sadly, the last time we went, the sight in her left eye had deteriorated. I think I’d…

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26 West Midlands days out Easter holidays 2018

I can’t believe how rapidly Easter is approaching. I think it’s time to get planning what to do during the school holidays. So, here’s my list of events that are on in the West Midlands. Fingers crossed they are all taking place in glorious sunshine! 1. Alton Towers, Staffordshire Kids go free on short breaks at Alton Towers this Easter. Over at the theme park, there’s a new ride to try out. Wicker Man combines a wooden coaster with an all-new immersive experience. The route is lit by burning embers and as the train whizzes towards the six-storey high Wicker…

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A garden project

For years, I’ve been hoping to sort our garden out and make it more useful. We’ve got a lovely decking but no back lawn. The front lawn isn’t fenced off so the girls can’t use it and I’m desperate to get a swing, slide and climbing frame out there before they get too old to want to use them. Getting started I wrote yesterday about how I wanted the girls to be able to be in the garden more next Winter. Whilst most of the things I want to do are expensive, that doesn’t stop me from getting started on…

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4 ways to make the garden more child friendly in Winter

This is a collaborative post. This Winter seems to have dragged on forever. It’s not so much the cold, more the impracticality of being outside. Everything’s wet and muddy in the garden so the children are stuck indoors. It’s impossible to get the trampoline dry and the decking is slippery when it’s wet so I worry about them running around on it. This year though, I’m determined to sort out our garden. I’d always focussed on getting it usable in Summer, so now I want it to be a child-friendly garden for the Winter. Here are the four things I’m…

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Thursday photo #201

Isn’t it strange how little things can build up to become almost overwhelming? A couple of meetings, a broken down car. Hospital appointments, social engagements, a little more work, things to do in the garden. And you move from coasting along to nearing breaking point without even really noticing it has happened. Donating to charity This week, I’ve been working with AmazonSmile to let people know about their new website. I haven’t been asked to promote it on the blog, but it seems like such a brilliant way to raise money for charity that I thought I’d share my video. If…

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The Jungle Book at Malvern Theatres

We are incredibly lucky to live near to one of the best small theatres in the UK. Many fabulous productions come to Malvern Theatres, the likes of which you wouldn’t expect to see outside of a major city. For the children, this is a brilliant opportunity to access live theatre and it has led to a love of music and drama. The latest children’s production to arrive at Malvern is The Jungle Book. We caught the first show last night and it is in Malvern until Saturday. If you get chance to go, we highly recommend it. About the Jungle Book…

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